The Colonels will open the 2019 season at home on Thursday, August 29 against Valparaiso.
RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky’s football team will play four non-conference games as part of a 12-game schedule in 2019.
The Colonels will open the 2019 season at home on Thursday, August 29 against Valparaiso University. EKU will play at Louisville on Sept. 7. The non-conference portion of the 2019 schedule concludes with road games at Indiana State on Sept. 14 and at Presbyterian College on Sept. 21.
Eastern Kentucky ended the 2018 season with four straight wins and were in the conversation for a playoff spot. The Colonels were 7-4 overall and finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 5-2 mark. Eastern will begin the 2019 season having won 10 of its last 16 games.
The Colonels and Valparaiso have met four times with EKU holding a 3-1 edge in the series. The first meeting was in 1945. The most recent match-up came in 2015 when Eastern Kentucky beat the Crusaders 52-10 in the 2015 season opener. Senior to be defensive end Aaron Patrick had two tackles and a sack in that game.
Eastern and Louisville will be meeting for the 28th time. The Cardinals hold an 18-8-1 edge in the all-time series. The two teams last hooked up on Sept. 7, 2013 in Louisville. The Colonels last beat UofL, 45-21, on Nov. 23, 1985.
Indiana State and EKU will face each other for just the eighth time, and the first time since ISU overcame a 16-7 halftime deficit to beat the Colonels 36-16 in the 2014 FCS Playoffs in Richmond. EKU is 5-2 against the Sycamores.
Eastern Kentucky and Presbyterian will be meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
All game times will be announced at a later date.
Eastern announced its 2019 conference schedule in December. The Colonels will play four games at home against Tennessee State, Tennessee-Martin, Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. EKU will face conference foes Murray State, Eastern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Jacksonville State on the road.
Eastern Kentucky has won two national championships, 21 conference titles and has made 21 playoff appearances. No other FCS team has won at least two FCS national titles and 20 or more conference championships. EKU has had 66 All-America selections and 33 NFL draft picks.